Letters to the editor, Nov. 2

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Tenants will win with Powers

Keith Powers is the clear choice for City Council. Like me, Keith is a third-generation resident of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village.  Keith is uniquely qualified to tackle the issues facing tenants.

His work as a member of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, as well as his commitment to affordability, has been demonstrated time and time again. On the campaign trail, Keith rolled out a platform that would expand affordability through opposing rent increases at the Rent Guidelines Board and permanent MCI increases, protecting and increasing access to the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program, as well as committing to exploring legal options to protect Robert’s tenants, who are slated to lose vital ​protection in 2020.
Keith grew up in a rent-stabilized apartment, so issues of affordability hit home for him. He knows the impact that affordable housing has on people’s lives and our community. Keith doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He has been endorsed by organizations, like Tenants PAC, for his commitment to protecting affordable housing.

For all these reasons and more, I hope you will join me in voting for Keith Powers for City Council on November 7.

John Marsh, PCV

My name isn’t Pops, junior

No, this title does not apply to the late and great musical genius Louis Armstrong as his affectionate nickname was Pops.

At PCV/ST there are many aged people – especially the residents who moved in before Met Life changed the two developments into luxury apartments. When I moved into PCV 42 years ago, I was 33. I am now 74. My passions include the Met Opera and foreign films. And going to the beach where I love to encounter monster waves.

During the past month, two young men walked by me rather quickly as I walked with difficulty due to an accident I suffered about 10 years ago. One young man said, “Howya doing, Pops?”  Two weeks later another young man called me “Grandpa.” Of course, they were amusing and insulting me for their sadistic pleasure. Yes, I am old and I hate the euphemism, “senior citizen.”

There are cultures that revere greater age. But in the U.S., it becomes a significant prejudice.

If you are young and are lucky (or, unlucky) – you will become old. I know that before a certain age one believes that they are immortal. Maybe if one goes through a life threatening illness at an early age or passes a “certain age” you begin to become aware of reality.

The only potential aspect of aging is obtaining greater wisdom in some people. But if you do gain this wisdom – it is too late to use it. If only we could go back in time – how much more we would now be able to use it.

David Chowes, PCV

3 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Nov. 2

  1. Keith Powers has grown on me, and I probably would have voted for him, until this. John Marsh, former TA president gets press to push city council candidate and TA board member Keith Powers. How is this ok?

    Powers needs to resign his TA position immediately.

  2. So “Keith is a third-generation resident.” Maybe his adoring mother and other older relatives can tell him what life was like here, before it turned into the filthy, glorified dormitory/hotel of today.
    Resident? Yes, he probably still ‘maintains’ an (empty) apartment in ST-PCV.
    But with all the Dirty Money coming his way over the last few years, probably owns several properties elsewhere.
    Garodnick did Zero for us, and this guy is–seemingly inevitably–his Clubhouse-picked successor.

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